The Nandowrie homestead is made an island as floodwaters isolate the family home.
The Nandowrie homestead is made an island as floodwaters isolate the family home.

Nandowrie comes out just fine

WHEN rain started falling at Nandowrie on Boxing Day 2010, Steve Marshall used his 48 years of local knowledge to inform the 14 family members on the property they were in for a "considerable flood".

The water rose around their homestead at about 200mm an hour throughout the night, slowing at 9am to a steady 100mm an hour.

The water peaked 1.5m higher than the 1950 flood his father spoke of - the worst of his generation - and in its wake, it left a litany of destroyed fencing, infrastructure, machinery and land.

A year on, and Steve is happy to inform that Nandowrie has come out the other side just fine.

"It set us back quite a bit, work-wise and on the monetary side it cost us a fair bit," Steve said.

Following the floods, Steve housed 10 volunteers from Tasmania through a Rotary-supported program instigated by Leon Clothier to help landholders with damage repairs.

While two helped Steve, the others helped about half a dozen of his neighbours with whatever needed to be done.


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